Daily Archives: August 10, 2011
Well not me, actually, I’m staying here in Greenwich but our president is off to Martha’s Vineyard for ten days. His spokesman claims the prez needs “downtime” but what, exactly has he done in the past three years that’s so exhausted him? Inquiring minds want to know.
Town puts kids to work around town, planting trees at Tod’s, building a new walkway at the dog park. As I’ve noted here before, I was always self-employed as a young teenager, but not everyone can figure that out or even find work, so a program that directs all that youthful energy to good purpose at what’s got to be pretty minimal cost sounds good to me. The town is improved and the kids are put to work. Good deal.
Mountain lion reportedly spotted at the “Chieftans” on King Street. That’s the former
Gimble Gimbel estate, just down the road from the municipal golf course. Now, if the first lion really did come all the way from South Dakota, as our DEP says, then what are the odds that there’s another one around? On the other hand, maybe we have a native population. Fore!
Everyone has fears about where the economy’s heading so consumers and businesses alike are cutting expenses and deferring spending. I personally have shelved plans for buying that new Apple Airbook. As for new car I was considering buying last year? Forget it.
Interesting article here if you’re interested in how the Canadians are mining oil sands. Right now, there’s a fight in Congress over whether to permit a pipeline to bring this oil to us. It seems silly to me: the Chinese are eager to buy it so the mining will continue regardless, but the propeller beanie types don’t like it. Guess they’ve never seen Nigeria.
This guy likes Five guys, but I think, like Shake Shack, the nearest outlet is in Westport. That place on Delevan Avenue in Byram has my vote right now, but I’m open to suggestions.
UPDATE: GPD Folks mentioned “Big Top” some time ago and that, to my memory, was indeed the best. Blue and yellow roof, across from what was then Caldors (Walgreens, now) – it’s long passed, alas and is now an automobile repair shop. But my, their burgers were delicious – charbroiled, and fantastic onion rings.
I predicted this back in June, when the founder of Groupon turned down a $6 billion offer from Google in favor of an ipo this fall. His market has fallen apart. At $6,000, I suppose you tell the buyer to take a hike. When it gets into billions, I’d suggest you take the money and run.
I can point out many, many Greenwich home owners who would have done very well by taking their first decent offer. A few years later, they look like the fools they are.
A creek neighbor has just erected a 10X 6 ‘ shed next to his dock – I don’t know what he paid for it; it was a pre-fab, and probably far more expensive than the similar shed that my cousin Ed and I built on my own property, sans permit, over a weekend for maybe $150 in 1984. But let’s say it cost $1,000. I observed two surveyors working the site some months ago, for at least two days, so I figure it must have cost at least $1,500 for surveyors, another $1,500 for a site plan/survey, and four months to get it through P&Z. You want jobs, maybe you ease up on these regulations.
Naked Greenwich homeowner chases home invader down the street. Bare feet, sure, but you want that pistol! Or a house in Riverside.
Wisconsin hard heads win out over public employees’ union. $30 million of union funds wasted on this effort to recall Republicans – if I were a soon-to-be unemployed union member, I’d be pissed.
Rough day on Wall Street, again. The old cliché of my father’s day seems apt for this summer.